September 25, 2013 |
Paul Karason, the man with blue skin and white beard, died this week. He was 62. Karason was being treated for pneumonia at the time of his death, and had also recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke, according to a report on Today.com . The world was first introduced to Karason and his blue-gray skin in 2008, when he went on the "Today" show to discuss his condition, known as argyria. At that time, the man who came to be known by many as a real-life Papa Smurf said he had been living with blue skin for at least 10 years.
June 20, 2011 |
A biological Jell-O with a structure as precise as a microchip's could someday be the surgeon's patch to seal large, deep wounds and help them regrow skin. Using techniques borrowed from silicon chip design, researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a network of channels in soft sheets of collagen, a main component of skin. Body cells fill those channels with blood vessels — and that crucial blood supply, in turn, coaxes skin to regrow. This tissue template, described online May 6 in the journal Biomaterials, works well in mice.
October 30, 2009 |
There is a pivotal scene in "Skin," a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story plucked out of the mess of South Africa's apartheid, when young Sandra Laing's father shouts the good news to the family -- "She's white again." Surreal and ironic, the moment captures the sensibility of this ambitious if sometimes uneven indie film with its eye always on the larger issues of race to be found within one unusual life. Those three simple words turn out to be anything but good news for the dark-skinned Sandy, who was classified white at birth, then reclassified "colored" (mixed race)
August 16, 2012
A smash hit on its recent release in China, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" offers an over-the-top mix of fantasy, adventure and romance that plays as a fussy, convoluted mess. In an ancient world in which spirit demons roam the earth, the spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou), searching for a chance to become more human, finds herself matching wits with Princess Jing (Wei Zhao), who is on the run from threats against her, as the two both seek love on their own terms for their own ends. The film, a sequel to 2008's "Painted Skin," is directed by Wuershan, who also made the recent "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.
January 29, 1989
Re: "Celebrity Tattooing, for the Skin They Love to Touch Up" by Jeannine Stein, Jan. 13. Dear Trendmongers, How can all these people getting tattoos think they are being anti-social or rebellious when they're doing it to be like everyone else they know? The terms trendy or conformist would be more suitable. No wonder California is known as the airhead capital of the world. People would wear toilet seats around their necks if their favorite moronic rock star did it. RON KAISSER Norwalk
October 29, 2012 |
Talk about a boo-boo. Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 injuries from medical tape removal - and the ones who suffer most are babies in neonatal units, whose fragile skin is easily ripped when nurses and doctors remove medical devices affixed to the infants by super-sticky adhesive. Some kids suffer permanent scarring. Senior citizens are frequently hurt by tape removal too. To try to help out these fragile-skinned patients, a team of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, along with collaborators at MIT, have invented a new type of quick-release medical tape that may reduce skin injuries. When ripped away from the body, with its three-layer design that inserts a laser-etched release liner between the tape backing and the sticky adhesive, it doesn't tear apart from the skin.